Pentax SMC-DA 15mm f/4 AL ED Limited - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the K10D and RAW-converted via Photoshop. Sorry for the bad quality - the weather conditions have been dismal during the time of the tests.

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Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/100s
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make PENTAX Corporation
Model PENTAX K10D
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 15.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/500s

Verdict

The SMC-DA 15mm f/4 AL ED Limited is a another desirable pancake lens by Pentax. The lens is capable of producing very sharp and contrasty images at medium aperture settings. At large apertures the border quality is somewhat softer so it may not be the first choice for available light photography (handheld) ... assuming that you can find a better one. The vignetting is hefty at f/4 so it's advisable to stop down here anyway to get rid of the problem as well. The amount of barrel distortion and lateral CAs is pretty decent for a 15mm lens. The AF speed is very high although that's usually not a really serious criteria for a wide to ultra-wide lens. The build quality of this tiny pancake lens is great and it's nice to see that a manufacturer still cares for high quality metal designs in this sea of cheap plastic lenses out there. Regarding its high price tag of around 650€/550US$ you've to be willing to sacrifice some bucks for this privilege but it's worth it.

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